The Ouachita Parish School Board (OPSB) is committed to ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data while enabling that information to be used to improve student outcomes. This means doing more than complying with state and federal privacy laws. It entails adopting best practices in protecting student privacy that ensure sensitive information is treated as such. Because this is an evolving field, one of the biggest challenges facing the OPSB is keeping pace with changes in policy and technology.
The Louisiana legislature recently passed legislation, R.S. 17:3914 (Act 837 of 2014), which provides for limitations and prohibitions on the collection and sharing of student information. Additionally, the legislature passed R.S. 17:3913 (Act 677 of 2014), which requires that Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and local education agencies (LEAs) make available information about the transfer of students’ personally identifiable information. Subsequently, these bills were amended in 2015 (Act 228 of 2015) to address implementation issues based on LEA feedback. These laws require that LDOE adjust all processes that require the exchange of personally identifiable information (PII) with LEAs and that LEAs implement additional processes to protect student information.
The LDOE has published a Student Privacy Guidebook to help explain these laws.
Prior to the passage of R.S. 17:3914 and R.S. 17:3913, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) served as the primary legislative mandate related to student privacy. However, if state legislation is more restrictive, state law prevails over federal law. In almost every instance, R.S. 17:3914 is more restrictive than FERPA, so the state and LEAs must comply with state law.
An important exception to this is when federal law is stated in mandatory terms as a state law cannot take precedence. This is the case for the mandate that LEAs share students’ information with military and college recruiters. Federal law (20 U.S.C. 7908) requires LEAs to provide college and military recruiters students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers unless a parent (or student of majority age) opts out; therefore, schools can continue to provide student directory information, which must be defined by LEAs, to military recruiters.
If you do not want the Ouachita Parish School Board to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the Ouachita Parish School Board in writing. Ouachita Parish School Board has designated the following information as directory information:
Below you will find a list of all of the vendors that we currently have data sharing agreements with. These data sharing agreements are available for viewing at the Ouachita Parish School Board Central Office. If you have questions or concerns, would like to file a complaint, or would like to make an appointment to view a data sharing agreement, please call our Central Office at 318-432-5000. A copy of the Ouachita Parish PII contract addendum template can be downloaded at Ouachita Contract Addendum.docx
The Ouachita Parish School Board has signed data sharing agreements and/or addendums with the following vendors:
The Ouachita Parish School Board has signed data-sharing addendums to LDOE contracts with the following vendors: